Ten Extra-Base Hits Do the Trick for Cubs at Fitch Park
Dwayne Kemp had three hits (including two triples) and drove in four runs, Chris Weimer slugged three doubles and drove-in three runs, Logan Watkins had three hits and two RBI, and Kevin Soto had three hits and an outfield assist, leading the EXST Cubs to a 12-3 drubbing of the EXST Angels at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in hot & sunny Mesa.
A native of Rotterdam, Kemp was the second player signed by the Cubs out of the MLB European Baseball Academy (Italian RHP Alessandro Maestri was the first) and was a member of the Team Netherlands provisional roster for the WBC, and like Cubs 2B Mike Fontenot, the 5'8 might-mite really packs some punch. Both of Kempy's triples today were opposite field shots slammed off the right-centerfield fence.
20-year old Venezuelan RHP Robert Hernandez, who is at EXST rehabbing from a sprained ankle suffered in a game at Papago Park the last week of Minor League Camp, pitched two innings today and showed no ill effects. Several of his family and friends were at the game today, and he looks to be about ready to move up to Daytona.
And LHP Chris Siegfried, who was left at Fitch Park at the end of Minor League Camp to work on his mechanics and revamp his delivery, has been promoted to Peoria.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Logan Watkins, SS: 3-5 (5-3, 2B, 6-3, 1B, 1B - 1 R, 2 RBI)
2. Jae-Hoon Ha, CF: 0-4 (K, SH, P-4, L-5, 6-3 GIDP)
3a. Alvaro Sosa, C: 0-2 (K, K)
3b. John Contreras, C: 1-2 (1B, FC - 1 R, 1 RBI)
3c. Jose Guevara, PH-C: 0-1 (4-3)
4. Chris Weimer, 1B: 3-4 (6-3, 2B, 2B, 2B - 2 R, 3 RBI)
5. Sean Hoorelbeke, DH #1: 2-4 (2B, 2B, FC, 1-3 - 2 R, 1 RBI)
6. Jericho Jones, LF: 1-3 (2B, 4-3, BB, K - 2 R, 1 RBI)
7. Dwayne Kemp, 2B: 3-4 (3B, 5-3, 3B, 1B - 4 RBI
8. Kevin Soto, RF: 3-4 (K, 1B, 1B, 1B - 1 R)
9. Sean Williams, DH #2: 1-4 (3-1, 1-3, 1B, K - 1 R)
10. Jose Made, 3B: 2-4 (2B, 3-U, 1B, FC - 2 R)
1. Andres Quezada - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 2/0 GO/FO
2. Robert Hernandez - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/FO
3. Adam Spencer - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 2 WP, 1/2 GO/FO
4. Carlos Rojas - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/FO
5. Manolin DeLeon - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/FO
John Contreras; 0-1 CS
CF Jae Hoon Ha threw out a ruunner 8-5 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a single to left-center, and RF Kevin Soto threw out a batter 9-6 trying to stretch a bloop single hit down the RF line into a double.
Sean Hoorelbeke was thrown out 7-6-5 while inexplicitly trying to stretch a double into a triple with two outs in the 3rd inning, and Dwayne Kemp was thrown out 2-1 with two outs in the 6th while trying to score from third base on a pitch that bounded away from the catcher.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k
he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.
JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.
My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1
not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.
really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.
Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:
"And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."
When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.
If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.